2018 Spring Performance Intensives and Kathak Level 1 Start February 27th – Registration Open!
Performance Intensives: Focus on technique, choreography, expression and an opportunity to perform
Classical Technique Courses (Bharatnatyam & Kathak): For dancers looking to dive deeper into Classical Indian dance
Our Performance Intensives and Kathak Level 1 start on February 27th and 28th. We keep class sizes are small to give each student personal attention. For more details and to sign up, see below!
PERFORMANCE INTENSIVES & TECHNIQUE CLASSES
Performance Intensives are a semester-long course that offers an in-depth experience of Indian dance. If you have attended our Drop In classes, these courses are a great next step. Students will learn three pieces of choreography that incorporate detailed arm and leg movements, hand gestures, and facial expressions. Classes are challenging and fun and culminate in a stage performance at the end of the term.
Ajna’s classical technique courses are a full-fledged journey into the Indian classical art forms. Classes follow the traditional path of study, starting with detailed understanding of basic movement and technique, and progressing to choreography and stage performance. For 2018, we are introducing a Beginner Adult Kathak Level 1 class on Tuesdays from 7-8pm.
Classical Blend Performance Intensive: These classes incorporate elements of classical Indian dance (specifically Kathak and Bharathanatyam) into semi-classical choreography that is mixed with Bollywood, Indian folk, or contemporary dance. Classes focus on emoting, hand gestures, and complex footwork.
Bollywood Performance Intensive: These classes feature upbeat Indian film music and choreography that is expressive and energetic. Classes focus on arm and leg coordination, expressions and lip-syncing, and body control.
Kathak: A North Indian classical dance style that originated among nomadic storytellers and became codified in the Indian royal courts. The style features complicated footwork patterns, spins and graceful arm and hand movements, . Kathak classes will focus specifically on learning and mastering footwork, rhythm-counting, arm movements, spins and learning compositions called tukdas. This class is perfect for those who are brand new to Kathak or have a little experience and want to learn more.
Levels: We offer classes at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. Advanced classes are for those students who have experience with dance and are comfortable with the style. If you have questions about which level to enroll in, please take a look at our videos below and email Shachi at [email protected]
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DROP IN CLASSES
Drop In classes are the perfect way to try Indian dance and get your mid-week workout. Classes are challenging and fun. The first part of each class is spent doing an intense warm-up that will get your blood pumping and teach you dance technique, while the second part is spent learning choreography. Bollywood & Bhangra classes use upbeat music and focus on the energetic movements that define the two styles while Classical Blend classes tone your body using elements from Kathak and Bharathanatyam in combination with Bollywood music.
Drop in classes will run in January and February before our Performance Intensives begin. All 5 classes are only $75 or you can drop in for $20!